2017 in Review 3: New Planetary Citizen Maps

Citizen scientist maps should deserve more attention, they are not just another renderings of already-known images but beautifully crafted high quality (and resolution) cartographic products.

The Goddesses of Venus

by Eleanor Lutz (USA)

A continuation of the Medieval map of Mars project, this unusual map takes you to the land of goddesses.

http://tabletopwhale.com/

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Maps of Mercury

by atlas-v7x (DeviantArt)  (New Zealand)

This series of Mercury maps show Mercury as no one has seen it before. These maps use MESSENGER topographic and color albedo data alone and combined. Nomenclature is dual, blue names are albedo features, white ones are topographic.

https://atlas-v7x.deviantart.com/art/The-Planet-Mercury-686594207

https://atlas-v7x.deviantart.com/art/The-Planet-Mercury-685464940

https://atlas-v7x.deviantart.com/art/The-Planet-Mercury-686592967

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Craters of the Moon

by atlas-v7x (DeviantArt)  (New Zealand)

This thematic map shows the topography of the Moon with crater names accompanied with little flags that show the nationality of the person the crater was named after.

https://atlas-v7x.deviantart.com/art/Craters-of-the-Moon-685022114

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The Planet Venus / Venus – Map of Craters

by atlas-v7x (DeviantArt) (New Zealand)

Generic map of Venus, based on old Magellan radar altimeter data, with a fresh, terrestrial look. The Venus crater map looks as if it was taken from a School Atlas. Very Earth-like colors of very alien world with a random distribution of impact craters symbolized with little suns, otherwise to small to show up at this scale.

https://atlas-v7x.deviantart.com/art/The-Planet-Venus-687359995

https://atlas-v7x.deviantart.com/art/Venus-Map-of-Craters-685020808

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47 Mars exploration zones for a future human mission

By Mateusz Pitura (Poland)

Did you know that Mars Exploration Zones still have no Wikipedia entry? Until a Wiki editor would discover that we have dozens of candidate human Mars mission targets, here is the map of these sites.

https://universumae.deviantart.com/art/47-Mars-exploration-zones-for-future-human-mission-717559880

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Titan Texture Map 8k

by FarGetaNik (DeviantArt) (Germany)

This map is at least as good as the new Google Earth Titan map and combines infrared equatorial coverage with polar radar swaths.  Dark areas show lakes at the poles and dunes at the equator.

https://fargetanik.deviantart.com/art/Titan-Texture-Map-8k-665838936

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Also this year:

Photomosaic Maps of Pluto 

https://fargetanik.deviantart.com/art/Pluto-Texture-Map-16k-643938442

https://fargetanik.deviantart.com/art/Pluto-Color-Map-16k-693675588

Photomosaic Map of Io

https://fargetanik.deviantart.com/art/Io-Truecolor-Texture-Map-8k-708688293

Which one is your favorite planetary Citizen Map in 2017?

Vote for it: https://goo.gl/forms/LuvVr2uC5IwZsWEJ2

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2017 in Review 1: New Planetary Web Mapping Servers

2017 brought a boom in planetary online WMS services. We show you which new service can do what. 

The new Google map

Google worked closely with NASA the next corner in Silicon Valley to prepare the highest, 5m/px resolution global photomosaic of Mars in 2012 that even researchers used for browsing Mars, only available through Google Earth, but not in the web-based map. This year Google added a wealth of new layers, although nothing is published about the image sources or cartographic control. Perhaps at LPSC2018. The service “as is” but still provides the fastest planetary image browsing opportunity for the armchair scientist. Maps include clickable nomenclature. The uniqueness of Google maps is that they are original photomosaics you can’t find elsewhere.

Some of the additions include

  • a beautiful high resolution multiscale color map of Mercury, which shows albedo at low resolution and low-sun relief view when you zoom in, both MESSENGER data
  • a global radar view of Venus at full Magellan resolution
  • a so-so albedo view of the Moon
  • Mars is now a not very seamless but quite high resolution HRSC color mosaic with some gaps
  • Ceres is added but not Vesta
  • Color and multiscale mosaic for Ganymede and Callisto
  • Titan is a nicely rendered seamless infrared+radar view at high resolution
  • Pluto and Charon is also the highest resolution global mosaic in color
  • And mosaics for other outer solar system satellites

https://www.google.com/maps/space/earth

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ESRI’s Solar System Atlas

The company behind ArcGIS, the most commonly used mapping software in planetary cartography, has published its online atlas from the layers also available for direct import into an ArcGIS project. Unlike for Google, credit is given for all image sources, but in this case mosaicking was not done by ESRI, but all maps were taken from USGS/NASA. This service is basically a tile service to quickly display existing data, including geologic maps.

http://esripm.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=f737586c543e48428b96df64057ebed0#map

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Planetary Surface Portal / PSUP

This is a service from French university observatories (Paris Sud and Lyon), who made their OMEGA data available through this service. OMEGA (Observatoire pour la Mineralogie, l’Eau, les Glaces et l’Activit) is a hyperspectral imaging spectrometer developed in France, originally for a failed Russian mission, onboard the European Mars Express spacecraft. Mineralogical and albedo data can be viewed, and downloaded from the WMS along with some feature database layers.

http://psup.ias.u-psud.fr/sitools/client-user/index.html?project=PLISonMars

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Planetary Cesium Viewer

The Cesium technology based viewer from the Paris Sud University in France shows global mosaics for basically all major moons and planets in the Solar System, including the gas giants.  The maps can be viewed as globes or 2D flat maps. The code is open, and available on Github.

http://134.158.75.177

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Open Planetary Map Mars Basemap v0.1

The OpenPlanetaryMap (OPM) project aims to develop a vector based Mars map that users can modify and personalize. This is a community-based project where planetary scientists can share their cartographic ideas. The map uses CARTO Builder and there are detailed instructions on how you can build your own map within this system. This is the first attempt to create a vector-based Mars basemap, which would bring fresh air into a raster-filled planetary mapping universe.

http://openplanetary.co/opm/#3/11.80/-45.04

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Moon Trek

The official NASA outreach/research map combo for the Moon, an online platform  for both enthusiasts and researchers. Numerous datasets, mapping and analysis tools are offered. Developed at NASA Ames and JPL in California.

https://moontrek.jpl.nasa.gov

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And we did not list those WMS services that started before 2017…

Which one is your favorite? Vote for the best new planetary WMS in 2017:

https://goo.gl/forms/BrPY2tsUcRfitJjW2

The Blue and Yellow Moon

Using LRO data, we have created the topographic globe of the Moon as never seen before… in beautiful blue and yellow hues. You can travel on the Moon wherever you want to and discover not only craters, but also various multiring basins, ejecta patterns, winding lava channels, misterious hills, networks of wrinkle ridges, and tectonic scarps.

You can Download the globe kmz from http://planetologia.elte.hu/ipcd/ipcd.html?cim=lro_globe

LROC data provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University/DLR